Spacer fabric is a specialized three-dimensional textile that uniquely facilitates air flow, breathability and lightweight shape support. Spacer fabric is at work in your climate-controlled car seat, running shoes and hiking backpack. It’s even used in the elaborately shaped yet breathable costumes worn by the performers of Cirque du Soleil.


  • Breathable
  • Compression resistance and recovery
  • Fatigue
  • Stretch
  • Flexible

By varying the thickness and density of the material, Highland can create spacer fabric light enough for apparel or robust enough to replace foam padding in bedding or seating. Specialized machinery knits two surfaces at the same time with the desired interior spacing—then thermal treatment locks the shape into place for the customer’s end use.


  • Product development
  • Fabric forming
  • Anti-wick
  • Oil repellency
  • Soil release
  • Wickable
  • Flame resistance (FR)
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-mildew
  • Antistatic
  • Optical brightening


  • Ventilated, climate-controlled automotive seating
  • Bedding
  • Sporting goods
  • Medical devices
  • Soft-touch automotive instrument panels

A Closer Look at Highland

When quality control means everything

Highland doesn’t simply deliver on our customers’ needs. We internalize them. "Good enough" is never good enough.  Learn more

If you can define a need, we can create a high-performance solution for it.

Every customer need is different. Satisfying those needs takes a culture, not a catalog.  Learn more

What do we live for? A challenge.

We’re out on the edge of materials science and engineering. Now, watch us go even farther.  Learn more

How do we define “clean”?

A little bit lab. A little bit factory. A little bit operating room. Our attention to detail starts with a new definition of "clean."  Learn more

Technical excellence is our standard

Technical challenges are our bread and butter. Please do feed the engineers.  Learn more